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Jacobs to be honored for Legion umpiring career

Posted 8/5/21

Whether standing behind home plate, first base or in the middle of the infield, Nevin Jacobs’ passion is always on display — and he will soon be recognized for it.

A Powell native and …

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Jacobs to be honored for Legion umpiring career

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Whether standing behind home plate, first base or in the middle of the infield, Nevin Jacobs’ passion is always on display — and he will soon be recognized for it.

A Powell native and resident, Jacobs is a member of the 2021 Wyoming American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame class. Jacobs has umpired Legion baseball for 25 years and most recently worked the AA State Tournament in Laramie. 

His career has included 10 AA state tournaments, 11 A state tournaments and 15 Legion district tournaments. Jacobs was also the crew chief for the 2019 Regional Tournament in Cody and the 2020 A State Tournament in Powell.

“This is pretty big for me,” Jacobs said. “I’ve always been around Legion baseball. It’s a very big deal, and it’s very humbling and appreciated.”

Baseball isn’t the only sport Jacobs officiates. He has refereed football for 40 years and has officiated basketball for 25. In 2019, Jacobs entered the Wyoming Sports Officials Association Hall of Fame.

And when he isn’t regulating the sports he loves, Jacobs is often coaching them. 

He serves as an assistant coach for Powell High School’s track and field teams, specializing in throwing. For his contributions in 2021, Jacobs won Wyoming assistant track and field coach of the year. Jacobs also previously assisted with the PHS football program and the Powell Pioneers Legion Baseball team.

He singled out umpires Ron Porter, Mark Erramouspe and Aaron Duncan, various Powell Pioneer coaches over the years and his family as people he’s thankful for during his long officiating career, though he admitted there are “a ton of people” he could thank.

“This community, since I can remember, has always been a community that has supported athletics very well,” Jacobs said. “The community does a tremendous job of supporting the youth here. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame as ump and being from Powell is special, and I’m honored to represent the community.”

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